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Saluda water rescue deployed to coast

Henderson County Swiftwater Team sent to Edenton to help with Isaias

SALUDA—Some members of the Saluda Fire and Rescue Department headed to the eastern part of North Carolina this week to assist with Tropical Storm Isaias, which turned into a Category 1 hurricane by Monday evening.

Saluda’s Type 1 Swiftwater Team was deployed as part of the Henderson County Technical Rescue Team.

The Henderson County Technical Rescue Team consists of Henderson County Fire departments, the Henderson County Rescue Squad, Henderson County Emergency Management, Henderson County EMS. This week’s deployment included personnel from the Henderson County Rescue Squad and Emergency Management, as well as personnel from the Mountain Home Fire Department, Blue Ridge Fire Department, Saluda Fire Department, Hendersonville Fire Department and the Henderson County EMS.

There were 16 personnel from the area who left to standby in Edenton in anticipation of the effects Isaias may have on the state.

The state of North Carolina declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, which was expected to hit land between North Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Oak Island on Monday night with 85 mph winds.

Locally, rains are expected this week from the storm.